Public Programmes

Pūoro Karetao – Musical Puppet Show


Nau mai ki te Whare Tāpere! We are fortunate to be able to bring you James Webster and his team, who will have you mesmerised throughout their stage production. Let them introduce you to karetao (puppets) which are also pūoro (instruments). A true tohunga (expert), James has carefully carved the exquisite cast, and when these pūoro karetao sing – you don’t want to miss it.

In June our Pūoro Karetao show was postponed due to the flood. We are pleased to announce that we have secured another date with James Webster to showcase these wonderful taonga, next Monday Aug 10th in our Davis Theatre.

The two school sessions at 10.30-11.30am and 1-2pm are almost booked out, so reply now to to secure a seat for your students and enquire about the school rates.

There is ONLY evening show from 6.30 – 7.30pm. Ring 349 1110 or email now to find out more.

School Holiday Programme

Tomorrow is the last day at school for New Zealand children before the Winter Holidays begin.  Don’t know what to do?  Then come down to the Museum!  We have a big range of things to do – making bears, colouring, explorers, teddy bears picnic…  To whet your appetite here, is the programme and a few shots from our last holiday line up.



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Making Poppies

With Poppy Week commencing, we are taking the time to remember the brave ANZACs who risked life and limb to fight.  Ahead of ANZAC Day on Saturday, we are hoping to turn the lawn in front of the Museum into a miniature Flanders Field and cover it with red poppies.  Want to give us a hand?

All materials will be provided. just bring your enthusiasm and ANZAC spirit, make a poppy, and leave it with us – we’ll put them out on Friday ahead of the dawn service on Saturday.

Lest we forget.

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Easter Holidays

For those local, those nearby, and those who wish to make a visit, check out our programme of activities for the upcoming Easter Holidays.  Hetty the Hen will be returning to lay your favourite Easter treats.  Movies will be shown to entertain the young and the young-at-heart.  Colouring in, creativity and crosswords are also on offer!

Come on in and join in the fun!

WRM Autumn School Holiday Programme

Easter Programme 2015